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Cherry Pie III

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
The cherry pie filling is superb! It is not overly sweet and the thickness is just right. I will be sticking to this part of the recipe when making other cherry desserts such as crisps, cobblers, and serving it as a topping. As I am not very good with making my own crust/dough, I opted to use store bought stuff this time but perhaps I will try to go the extra step next time around. Similar to the previous reviewer, my first attempt at making a pie crust from this recipe was a bit lacklustre.
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Soft Christmas Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
I thought I had finally found a recipe for soft, sugary cookies that I could decorate with my kids. Not so. Despite the rave reviews, the dough is extremely sticky/greasy and hard to work with. I chilled it for 3-4 hours and for what? I had to warm up the dough to get it from falling apart in bits. I could have saved myself the time and just fixed the cookies straight after making the dough. Cutting out the cookies were also difficult and my kids were frustrated because their creations kept falling apart. What a huge disappointment for everyone. By the way, the end result is not very soft at all. You must make the cookies quite thick in order to get any softness and then, it is likely due to them being undercooked. I had mine in the oven for 5 minutes and the bottoms were brown whilst the tops were nearly raw. Seems like I unfortunately dudded on what seemed to be a popular recipe. Oh well!
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No-Cream Pasta Primavera

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
I loved this one! It is so refreshing to eat a dish with fresh vegetables. I had never had pasta primavera with a creme-like sauce and now, I don't think I will again. I'm holding on to this wonderful recipe although I might tone down the lemon juice a bit for next time, as my husband was puckering just a tad. :-D
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Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
This was very good but lacked a bit of flavour to it. I believe adding some salt to the recipe would help. Also, I think I may take the advice of many others and replace the heavy creme with creme cheese. We will definitely make this one again!
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
This tasted more like a rice custard dessert than the typical rice pudding to which I am used to eating. Also, it wasn't very sweet. I would easily double the sugar needed, especially if not adding raisins (for added sweetness). Overall, this is a good basic recipe that definitely tastes better than anything you could find store bought. I will probably look for another recipe but, in the meantime, would be willing to try this again.
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Healthy Turkey Loaf

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
This was suprisingly delicious! I don't eat beef so I was looking for a nice substitute -- I've found it. Since ground turkey isn't readily sold here, I chopped up raw turkey breasts and incorporated them into the mix. Also, I used corn flakes instead of bread crumbs. I took off a star for the end result being a little dry. It did help to put some ketchup on top but I would like the loaf to be more moist, especially if serving to guests.
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Four Cheese Macaroni

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2009
This was a nice mac & cheese dish but, like many others have mentioned before, came out far drier than I expected. Because I didn't have Velveeta (it doesn't exist here), that could be why it lacked creaminess. However, I also attribute the dryness to the cheddar cheese. Perhaps next time I will add some ricotta or mozzarella. I think I will omit the vegetable oil as well, as there is really no need for it. All that cheddar brings enough oil on its own. Note: This makes a lot of food! I would say this dish could serve at least 10 people. This was an overall good recipe that I will use again with personal tweaks. I don't think I'll ever find a recipe that stands up to my Grandmother's 'magic' mac & cheese, so this will do for a bit! :-D
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Banana Bread - Quick Bread for Machines

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
The bread is moist and has a nice flavour without being overpowering. I'm not even a fan of banana bread and I enjoyed munching on a slice. This is an overall nice recipe but it loses a star because the directions do not take into consideration how bread machines vary (power, timing, etc.) Our machine was not able to handle mixing all the ingredients together and the cook time was well over 1.5 hours. The next time, we will have to mix the ingredients in a bowl beforehand and really watch the timer. We will definitely be making it again, though.
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Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
After reading all the great ratings, I am disappointed that these did not turn out well. The dough was very sticky which made it difficult to make decent sized balls. I think melting the butter rather than adding it softened would help a lot. When I added the balls to the stew, they got stuck together and didn't cook all the way in the middle. The inside of the dumplings were crumbly (like a stale biscuit) and the outside did not mesh well with the stew's liquid. Oh well. I shall be looking for another recipe!
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Chicken and Dumplings II

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
I followed the recipe as written but the result came out way too salty and did not include enough broth/liquid. My chicken was half the size and there was barely enough liquid to cover the contents in the pot. The water should easily be doubled, and even tripled, from the current 3 cups. With adding more water, I would add maybe 1 or 2 more bouillon cubes but no more than that. I am willing to try this recipe again because I love the herbs it calls for. It has potential. (Note: I did not include the dumplings, so my rating is based solely on the stew part.)
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
I made this recipe especially because it included oats, which give an extra great taste to the topping! It turned out pretty nice. I kept in the water and didn't have any problem with the crisp being watery. In fact, the extra moisture helps the topping, which remains rather dry all-around. For next time, I would add perhaps 1/4 cup more butter for the topping, as it was a little dry and not rich enough. Also, I might cut down the white sugar to 1/2 cup because the result is indeed quite sweet. I will definitely make this again and might even try it with some cherries. Yum. Very nice comfort food!
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Apple Crisp III

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
This is an excellent, simple recipe that I enjoyed making. I didn't have any oats on hand so I opted for an "oat-free" recipe. The end result was great! Like others before, I did a white/brown sugar mix. And, while sprinkling the topping, realised that I could easily 1.5x that bit! I love the crunchy topping! (It does get a bit sugary after cooling, so eating it warm is the way to go.) I would glady serve this to visitors for tea. Also, it's so easy for hungry children. 5 stars for simplicity and good taste.
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Pork Roast with Ginger Peach Glaze

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2004
The idea of the recipe was great, but the result wasn't so much. The sauce was very liquidy and lacked a substantial flavor; peaches and pork aren't the greatest partners. With all of the ingredients, it tasted in the end just like a simple meal of pork chops and peachsauce (like applesauce)! Plus, the temperature wasn't high enough for my pork roast and it took 2x the time to cook. Thanks for the recipe, but I won't use it again.
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Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2004
This was a very yummy casserole! I used fresh broccoli and added it to the mixture raw. After it cooked the alotted time, the broccoli was very crisp and had a lot of flavor! I think with all the other heavy ingredients, something fresh is a welcome thing! The only thing that I didn't like was the saltiness that comes mainly from the concentrated soup. Other than that, I have no problems making this again and again!
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Mary's Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2003
This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever eaten. It takes a little bit of work, but it is worth it. I ended up with enough mix to make 2 pies, which was great because we got to keep one for ourselves! How greedy!
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Valentino's Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2003
The 10-minute preparation is the eye catcher! Pretty good results from a simple and fast recipe, although the dough is extremely sticky. Don't try rolling it on the pan with your hands ... just 'pour' in on and use a wooden spoon to smooth it. It's not the best crust you will taste, but for 10 minutes, I'll take it.
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Best Moist Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2003
This tastes just like a good, old-fashioned chocolate cake. Surely better than the boxed version, although it could be a tad more moist. It's worth the effort.
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Reese's® Classic Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2002
These baked well and made a good batter, but you should be an avid fan of peanut butter because the pb chips are more easily tasted than the choco chips. They weren't as chewy as the regular Tollhouse cookies and also, my chips didn't melt well. Overall - good cookies for pb fans.
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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2002
Classic, classic. I live abroad and the natives here LOVE these. I only wish my morsels would come out more gooey and melted. :)
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